Overview

prepair™ by the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) is a genetic carrier screen offered to individuals and couples who are considering or are in early pregnancy.

Carrier screening for CF, FXS and SMA may be offered to all women*.

prepair™ identifies whether an individual is a carrier of cystic fibrosis (CF), fragile X syndrome (FXS) or spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Being a carrier puts an individual at increased chance of having a child with that condition. Many people are carriers of CF, FXS or SMA even though no one in their family has the condition.

* Including those with a family history and those considered low risk (i.e. no family history & regardless of ethnicity).
Reference: RANZCOG/HGSA joint committee on Prenatal Diagnosis and Screeening C-Obs 59.

prepair patient video

What is this test?

prepair™ carrier screening is a genetic test that can determine if an individual or couple are at increased chance of having a baby with CF, FXS or SMA. These three genetic conditions have serious health consequences and are some of the most common inherited conditions in the general population.

prepair™ is a simple test that can be performed on a blood or saliva* sample.

prepair™ can be performed before pregnancy or in early pregnancy (prior to 12 weeks). Having the test before you are pregnant means there is time to consider your options if you find out you are a carrier of CF, FXS or SMA.

* For saliva sample kits please contact VCGS on [email protected]
What conditions does this test look for?

CF, FXS and SMA have been included in the prepair™ carrier screening test because of the high number of carriers in the general population, the severity of the conditions and the availability of accurate testing.

Carrier rates:

Number of people who are carriers Number of people with the condition
Cystic fibrosis 1 in 25 1 in 2500
Fragile X syndrome 1 in 150 1 in 4000
Spinal muscular atrophy 1 in 40 1 in 6000 - 1 in 10,000

Cystic fibrosis (CF): is an inherited condition that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. Individuals with CF develop an abnormal amount of thick mucus within the lungs and gut. In the lungs, this mucus traps bacteria resulting in recurrent infections. Within the gut, the mucus impairs digestion of food. Infants, children and adults with CF require daily chest physiotherapy to clear the mucus from the lungs and enzyme replacement medication to aid in food digestion. CF is a serious condition and there is no cure. Individuals with CF have a shortened life span with lung failure being the major cause of death.

Fragile X syndrome (FXS): is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability. People with FXS can have developmental delay, learning difficulties, anxiety, autism, epilepsy as well as some physical characteristics. The features of FXS vary from mild to severe but because FXS is located on the X-chromosome, males are more likely to be severely affected than females. There is no cure for FXS although some educational, behavioural and medical interventions can improve outcomes for people with FXS. Some females who are carriers for FXS may develop fertility problems and go through menopause early (less than the age of 40).

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA): is a condition that affects nerves in the spinal cord and causes muscles to get weaker. There are four types of SMA, with SMA type 1 being the most common and the most severe. prepair™ only looks for genetic causes of SMA type 1. Babies with SMA type 1 have weak muscles from birth and usually do not live past two years of age. There is no cure for SMA, however there are treatments and interventions available aimed at managing symptoms and improving quality of life.

How do I arrange a test?

Before having prepair™, we recommend speaking with your doctor to ensure you understand the information that this test provides. VCGS also offers pre- and post-test genetic counselling support services for all patients wishing to access prepair™ which can be arranged through our genetic carrier screening specialists: (03) 9936 6402.

To access prepair™ you require a signed request form from your doctor or genetic counsellor.

It is recommended that the biological mother (or prospective biological mother) is screened first as fragile X syndrome is only inherited from the biological mother. The biological father will only require testing if the mother is found to be a carrier of CF or SMA.

prepair™ requires a blood sample which can be taken at any local pathology collection centre. No special preparation is required before this test.

Collection sites

Victoria

Airport West

St Vincent's Pathology
Westfield Shopping Town
Shop 40, 29-35 Louis Street
Airport West VIC 3042
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8336 1327

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 2.30pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat (8.30am – 1:00pm)
Sun (10.00am - 1.00pm)

Ballarat

Siles Health
1024 Howitt Street
Wendouree VIC 3355
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5339 5774

Tues & Thurs (9.30am - 5.00 pm)

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Balwyn

St Vincent's Pathology
364 Belmore Road
Balwyn VIC 3103
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9857 3062

Mon – Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)
Lunch - (12.30pm - 1.30pm)

Sat Closed

Berwick

Monash Health
Berwick Healthcare
76 Clyde Road
Berwick VIC 3806
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9792 8021

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Berwick

Monash Health
Casey Hospital
62-70 Kangan Drive
Berwick VIC 3806
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8768 1442 (ext 81442)

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Boronia

St Vincent's Pathology
41-43 Boronia Road
Boronia VIC 3155
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9761 0844

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.00pm - 12.30pm)

Sat (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Box Hill

St Vincent's Pathology
8 Market Street
Box Hill VIC 3128
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9897 3069

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Box Hill

St Vincent's Pathology
Suite 1A
28-32 Arnold Street
Box Hill VIC 3128
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9899 5935

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat Closed

Brighton

Cabrini Health
Cabrini Hospital Brighton
243 New Street
Brighton VIC 3186
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9508 5750

Mon-Fri (9.00am-5.00pm)

Saturday Closed

Brunswick East

St Vincent's Pathology
East Brunswick Medical Centre
212-214 Blyth Street
Brunswick East VIC 3057
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9380 8122

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 11.30am)

Bulleen

St Vincent's Pathology
The Surgery Bulleen
19-21 Manningham Road
Bulleen VIC 3105
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9850 1864

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (closed) (1.00pm - 2.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.00pm)

Bulleen

St Vincent's Pathology
Bulleen Plaza Medical Centre
103 Manningham Road
Bulleen VIC 3105
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9850 1229

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.30pm)

Bundoora

Austin Pathology
KIDSPATH Collection Centre
478 Grimshaw Street
Bundoora VIC 3083
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9467 9395

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.30pm)

Carlton

St Vincent's Pathology
The Melbourne Uni Health Service
138-146 Cardigan Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9347 6735

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Sat Closed

Carlton North

St Vincent's Pathology
Carlton Medical Centre
490 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North VIC 3054
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9381 0660

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (12.00pm - 12.30pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Carlton North

St Vincent's Pathology
699 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North VIC 3054
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9347 2211

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Sat Closed

Carnegie

St Vincent's Pathology
Koornang Road Medical Centre
85 Koornang Road
Carnegie VIC 3163
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9571 3385

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Clayton

Monash Health
Jessie McPherson Consulting Suites, Suite G
Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road
Clayton VIC 3168
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9594 2469

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 6.00pm)

Sat (8.00am - 2.00pm)

Cobram

Goulburn Valley Health Pathology
Cobram Medical Clinic
Charles Street
Cobram VIC 3644
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5871 2084

Monday to Friday (8:00am – 5:00pm)

Coburg

St Vincent's Pathology
15 Munro Street
Coburg VIC 3058
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9383 6235

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Collingwood

St Vincent's Pathology
365 Hoddle Street (Melway 44 D4)
Collingwood VIC 3066
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9416 4592

Mon – Fri (8.30am – 5.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (1.00pm – 2.00pm)

Craigieburn

St Vincent's Pathology
17 Craigieburn Road West
Craigieburn VIC 3064
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9305 7643

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Sat (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Cranbourne

Monash Health
Monash Health Cranbourne Centre
145-152 Sladen Street
Cranbourne VIC 3977
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5990 6176 (ext 66176)

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Dandenong

Monash Health
Dandenong Hospital Pathology Collections
93 David Street
Dandenong VIC 3175
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9554 1901 (ext 41901)

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 6.00pm)

Sat and Sun (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Dandenong

Monash Health
Monash Health Thomas Street Rooms
122 Thomas Street
Dandenong VIC 3175
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9796 1500

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Dandenong

Monash Health
Dandenong Hospital, Pathology Collection Rooms
135 David Street
Dandenong VIC 3175
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9554 8160

Mon to Fri (8:00am - 6:00pm)

Sat & Sun (8:00am - 12 noon)

Dandenong

Monash Health
Monash Women’s Clinic
135 David Street
Dandenong VIC 3175
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9792 8003

Mon to Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Dandenong

Monash Health
Monash Health Community Pathology Collection Rooms
122 Thomas Street
Dandenong VIC 3175
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9792 7854

Mon - Fri (8:30am - 6:00pm)

Doncaster

St Vincent's Pathology
114 Williamsons Road
Doncaster VIC 3018
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9840 1202

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (8.00am - 12.30pm)

East Melbourne

St Vincent's Pathology
Level 2, 166 Gipps Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9928 6034

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.00pm - 12.30pm)

East Melbourne

St Vincent's Pathology
Grey Street Consulting Suites
Ground Floor, 141 Grey Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9415 9084

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 5.00pm)

Echuca

Goulburn Valley Health Pathology
Echuca Regional Health
Leichardt Street
Echuca VIC 3564
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5485 5167

Monday to Friday (8:00am - 4:45pm)
Saturday (9:00am – 11:00pm)

Epping

Austin Pathology
130 Cooper Street
Epping VIC 3076
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9408 4839

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Epping

St Vincent's Pathology
Epping Healthcare
Shop 49, Epping Plaza, High Street
Epping VIC 3076
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8405 3439

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (8.00am - 1.00pm)

Fawkner

St Vincent's Pathology
North Fawkner Family Clinic
88 Anderson Street
Fawkner VIC 3060
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9359 2675

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Sat Closed

Fitzroy

St Vincent's Pathology
St. Vincent’s Private Hospital
Ground Floor, 59 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9416 1278

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Saturday (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Fitzroy

St Vincent's Pathology
75 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9411 3528

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Sat Closed

Fitzroy

St Vincent's Pathology
Suite 8, 1st Floor
55 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9231 3974

Mon – Fri (7.30am - 5.30pm)

Sat Closed

Fitzroy North

St Vincent's Pathology
460 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy North VIC 3068
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9481 8671

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Sat Closed

Footscray

St Vincent's Pathology
35 Summerhill Road
Footscray VIC 3011
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9317 9486

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Geelong

Siles Health
8 Myers Street
Geelong VIC 3220
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5229 1953

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Glen Iris

St Vincent's Pathology
Tooronga Family Medical
G1/774 Toorak Road
Glen Iris VIC 3146
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9824 5296

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Sat (closed)

Greensborough

Austin Pathology
Greensborough Collection Centre
13 Eldale Ave
Greensborough VIC 3088
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8468 1616

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Heidelberg

Austin Pathology
Repatriation Hospital Collection Centre
Tobruk Building, Ground Floor, Edwin Street
Heidelberg VIC 3084
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9496 2818

Mon - Fri (7.45am - 4.45pm)

Heidelberg

Austin Pathology
11 Martin Street
Heidelberg VIC 3084
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9496 6759

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Heidelberg

Austin Pathology
Mercy Hospital for Women, Outpatient Department, Level 3
Studley Road
Heidelberg VIC 3084
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8458 4276

Mon - Fri (7.00am - 6.00pm)

Heidelberg

Austin Pathology
Level 3, Harold Stokes Building, Austin Hospital
Burgundy Street
Heidelberg VIC 3084
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9496 5472

Mon - Fri (7.00am - 5.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Heidelberg

St Vincent's Pathology
Austin Private Consulting Suites
226 Burgundy Street
Heidelberg VIC 3084
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9455 3538

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.15pm - 12.45pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Ivanhoe

St Vincent's Pathology
Livingstone Street Medical Centre
9 Livingstone Street
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9497 1188

Mon – Fri (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Sat Closed

Ivanhoe

St Vincent's Pathology
Shop 8
147-149 Upper Heidelberg Road
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9497 5921

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (1.30pm - 2.00pm)

Saturday (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Kew

St Vincent's Pathology
St. Vincent’s Kew
7 Studley Ave
Kew VIC 3101
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9851 8562

Mon-Fri (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Sat Closed

Kew

St Vincent's Pathology
St Georges’ Hospital
283 Cotham Road
Kew VIC 3101
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9231 8580

Mon - Fri (7.00am - 5.30pm)

Sat (8.00am - 12.30pm)

Kilsyth

St Vincent's Pathology
Kilsyth Medical Group
471 Mt Dandenong Road
Kilsyth VIC 3137
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9722 9989

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Kyneton

Austin Pathology
Kyneton Distric Hospital
7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive
Kyneton VIC 3444
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5421 2894

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Lalor

St Vincent's Pathology
Doctors of Lalor Plus
1 May Road
Lalor VIC 3075
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9465 0981

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat Closed

Lower Plenty

Austin Pathology
Lower Plenty Collection Centre
17 Main Road
Lower Plenty VIC 3093
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9432 9852

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Malvern

Cabrini Health
Cabrini Hospital, Ground Floor, Area F
183 Wattletree Road
Malvern VIC 3144
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9508 1434

Mon - Fri (7.00am - 7.30pm)

Saturday (8.00am - 12.00pm)

Maribyrnong

Western Imaging for Women
316/1 Thomas Holmes Street
Maribyrnong VIC 3032
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9111 0055

Please contact for collection details

Melbourne City

St Vincent's Pathology
Emporium, Shop 051
Level 2, 287 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia
Phone: 
0447 682 100

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Sat Closed

Monbulk

St Vincent's Pathology
1 Mt Pleasant Road
Monbulk VIC 3793
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9752 1580

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (closed) (1.30pm - 2.00pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Moonee Ponds

St Vincent's Pathology
Moonee Ponds Medical Clinic
192 Pascoe Vale Road
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9372 8381

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Sat closed

Moorabbin

Monash Health
Moorabbin Hospital, Pathology Collection Rooms
823 - 865 Centre Road
East Bentleigh VIC 3189
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9928 8178

Mon to Fri (8:00am - 4:30pm)

Niddrie

St Vincent's Pathology
Suite 6, Level 1
326 Keilor Road
Niddrie VIC 3042
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9379 0268

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat closed

North Melbourne

St Vincent's Pathology
Errol Street Medical Centre
Level 1, 65-67 Errol Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9329 8724

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)

North Melbourne

Siles Health
Level 2, Suite 218
55 Flemington Road
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9328 4403

Mon, Tues (9.30am - 5.00pm)

Wed, Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Thur (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Nunawading

St Vincent's Pathology
Mitcham Road Consulting Suites
188 Mitcham Road
Nunawading VIC 3131
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9874 0275

Mon & Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)
Tues - Thurs (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.00pm - 12.30pm)

Sat closed

Pakenham

Monash Health
68 Henty Way
Pakenham VIC 3810
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5941 0555

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Parkville

Victorian Clinical Genetics Services
Private Consulting Suites, Level 3, Suite 3.6
48 Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9345 6623

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)

Parkville

Royal Women's Hospital
Private Consulting Suites, 2nd Floor, Suite 6,
20 Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8345 2206

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)

Pascoe Vale

St Vincent's Pathology
94 Kent Road
Pascoe Vale VIC 3044
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9350 7309

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Sat (8.00am – 11.00am)

Pascoe Vale

St Vincent's Pathology
280 Gaffney Street
Pascoe Vale VIC 3044
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9354 8335

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat closed

Preston West

St Vincent's Pathology
281 Gilbert Road
Preston West VIC 3072
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9471 1681

Mon – Fri (8.30am - 2.30pm)
Lunch (12.30pm - 1.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Reservoir

Austin Pathology
Reservoir Collection Centre
745 Gilbert Road
Reservoir VIC 3073
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9470 2697

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)

Enter at the rear of the building

Ringwood

Siles Health
12 Davey Drive
(03) 9879 3198
East Ringwood VIC 3135
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9879 3198.

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Please phone to book a time for your blood collection.

Roxburgh Park

St Vincent's Pathology
Roxburgh Park Specialist Centre
1 Manley Avenue
Roxburgh Park VIC 3064
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9308 9722

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.00pm)

Roxburgh Park

St Vincent's Pathology
Somerton Road Medical Centre
Shop 1, 250 Somerton Rd
Roxburgh Park VIC 3064
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8339 2510

Mon – Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat Closed

Selby

St Vincent's Pathology
Selby Family Medical Centre
113 Belgrave-Gembrook Road
Selby VIC 3159
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9752 6615

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 1.30pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Shepparton

Goulburn Valley Health
Community Health @ GV Health
121-135 Corio Street
Shepparton VIC 3632
Australia
Phone: 
1800 222 582 (Option 3)

Monday to Friday (7:30am – 4:45pm)

Saturday (9:00am – 11:30am)

Shepparton

Goulburn Valley Health Pathology
Shepparton Medical Centre
Graham Street
Shepparton VIC 3632
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5832 2344

Monday to Friday (8:45am – 4:30pm)

Southbank

Southbank Family Medical Centre
216 City Road
Southbank VIC 3006
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9686 2222

Mon - Fri (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Lunch (closed) (1.00pm - 2.00pm)

Sunbury

St Vincent's Pathology
Specialist Suites
51 Ligar Street
Sunbury VIC 3429
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9740 2266

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 3.00pm)
Lunch (closed) (12.00pm - 12.30pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Surrey Hills

St Vincent's Pathology
Surrey Hills Medical Centre
174 Union Road
Surrey Hills VIC 3127
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9836 1485

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.00pm)
Lunch (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.30pm)

Sydenham

St Vincent's Pathology
574 Melton Highway
Sydenham VIC 3037
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8390 8901

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 5.00pm)

Sat (8.30am - 12.00pm)

Wallan

Austin Pathology
Nexus GP SuperClinic
7-11 High Street
Wallan VIC 3756
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 5783 0078

Mon - Fri (8.30am - 5.00pm)

Sat (8.30am-12.30pm)

Werribee

St Vincent's Pathology
245 Heaths Rd
Werribee VIC 3030
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8742 7128

Mon – Fri (8.30am - 12.30pm)

Sat Closed

Werribee

St Vincent's Pathology
Tarneit Road Medical Centre
Shop 10, 167-179 Shaws Road
Werribee VIC 3030
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8742 3351

Mon – Fri (8.30am - 1.00pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Werribee

St Vincent's Pathology
289 Princess Highway
Werribee VIC 3030
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8742 3801

Mon - Fri (8.00am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (closed) (1.00pm - 1.30pm)

Sat (9.00am - 12.00pm)

Werribee

St Vincent's Pathology
9 Princes Highway
Werribee VIC 3030
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 9741 4932

Mon – Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)
Lunch (1.30pm - 2.00pm)

Sat closed

Werribee

St Vincent's Pathology
Derrimut Road Clinic
412 Derrimut Rd
Werribee VIC 3030
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 8742 1605

Mon – Fri (8.00am - 12.30pm)

Sat (9.00am - 1.00pm)

Tasmania

Hobart

Pathology South
Wellington Clinics
Level 2, 42 Argyle Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 6166 0150

Mon - Wed (9.00am - 5.00pm)

Launceston

Launceston General Hospital
Level 2, Franklin Street
Launceston TAS 7250
Australia
Phone: 
(03) 6348 7690

Mon - Wed (8.00am - 5.30pm)

Frequently asked questions

What is a recessive genetic condition?

We each inherit two copies of every gene from our parents, one copy from our mother and one copy from our father. Our genes often have changes (also known as mutations or variants) and in most cases, these do not cause health problems. For recessive genetic conditions, people who have a variant in only one copy of a gene are called 'carriers' and in most instances do not have health problems. Health problems only occur when both copies of that gene have a variant.

A couple who are both carriers of the same condition, have a 1 in 4 (25%) chance of having a child who will develop that condition. Half of their children (2 in 4) will also be carriers of that condition and will themselves be at increased risk of having a child with that condition. Cystic fibrosis is an example of a recessive genetic condition.

Diagram of recessive inheritance

What if prepair™ shows I’m a carrier?

If you are found to be a carrier of CF, FXS or SMA, one of our genetic counsellors will contact your doctor to discuss the result, and further testing options.

If you are a carrier of CF and SMA, we recommend your partner consider testing. If you and your partner are carriers of the same condition, there is a 1 in 4 (25%) chance of having a child with that condition.

Women who are carriers of FXS* have a 1 in 2 (50%) chance of passing the gene change to their children. FXS has a different inheritance pattern to CF or SMA because the gene is found on the X chromosome. A child inheriting the FXS gene change may either be a carrier like their mother, or may be affected by fragile X syndrome.

For more information about being a carrier of CF, SMA or FXS, see our fact sheets.

*Some carriers of FXS may develop fertility problems and experience early menopause (before 40 years). Some may also develop a late-onset neurological condition, affecting
balance and causing tremors.

Do I need carrier screening every time I get pregnant?

No. Once your carrier status is known, you do not need to be re-tested. If you are a carrier of one of these conditions and you have a new partner, the partner may need to be tested.

How accurate is prepair™ reproductive carrier screening?

prepair™ will identify 90% of CF carriers; 99% of FXS carriers and 95% of SMA carriers. There are rare and even unknown mutations/variants that can cause these conditions, and they will not be identified with this test.

I wish to speak to a genetic counsellor about prepair™.

If you have more questions about prepair™ carrier screening please contact one of our genetic counsellors: (03) 9936 6402.

How much does prepair™ cost?

There is no Medicare rebate for prepair™ carrier screening and there will be an out of pocket cost of $385 (for Australian patients).

Please contact us if you wish to access this test from outside Australia: Phone +61 3 9936 6402.

How will I get my results?

prepair™ results will be faxed and delivered electronically (where available) to your referring doctor within 10 working days.

I’ve received an invoice from VCGS – how do I pay?

After testing is complete, patients will receive an invoice. This can be paid by phone using BPAY or credit card, or by mail using a money order or cheque. Payment methods are detailed on the invoice.

If you wish to speak with someone about your invoice: Free Call: 1300 557 779.